Missing Munros ? Lurchers Crag – a hill at last !

Missing Munros  June 2015

Lurchers Crag map

I am still recovering from my operations and with another one due soon I still need to get out on the hills. I was feeling a lot better and a group of friends met at the Squirrel Café at Glenmore  The aptly named LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE MOUNTAINEERING CLUB (LSWMC) had a long overdue get together on Sunday in the Cairngorms. There was a bit of fresh snow on the tops as we arrived at Glenmore. The weather was a little cold to start but perfect as the day wore on my shorts were out and all got a bit of sun!

The plan  was “there was no plan” a coffee at the Squirrel Café at Glenmore then a walk up to Corrie an Lochan for lunch then maybe a wander to Lurchers Crag (Creag an Leth-choin) for those that fancied it above the Larig Gru.

This hill is neglected in the Cairngorms-Creag an Leth-choin [Lurcher’s Crag] 1053 NH 96840 03331

This top was one of the old Munros now downgraded by the “Munro Police “.

At the Car Park the Motley crew!

At the Car Park the Motley crew!

We had a grand walk and away from the main path we met a Ptarmigan and her 6 chicks. What a site these tiny little birds among these huge mountains and how vulnerable they looked. One was left behind but “Doctor John” save it and Mum came over and they all scuttled away and we diverted our route to give them space but what a joy to watch. Then we found and an abandoned nest and wondered what they are can anyone help?

Any idea on these eggs?

Any idea on these eggs?

It is a wonderful walk of the main path and then the great views of the “Great Slab “ in Corrie an Lochan where we had lunch at the Lochan.

Derick at the Lochan.

Derick at the Lochan.

Many miss this spot as they are concentrating on the nearby Munros or climbs and in a bit of rush to get things done. We had a great break sitting there watching the great cliffs and the huge snow fields. With the water so clear and the big seracs on the cliffs and the pink granite of the great slab it is wild country.  We watched some skiers on the West Ridge and how gracefully they skied the huge remain snow fields. As they finished a huge rock fell from the ridge and fell over 1000 feet stopping next to the Lochan carving a huge hole in the snow.

Boulder mark in the snow as it crashed down and stopped just at the Lochan

Boulder mark in the snow as it crashed down and stopped just at the Lochan

At first dark thoughts went through my head was it a dropped rucksack or worse!  Then it all went quiet everyone was okay and we finished lunch in the sun and then had a chat and all wanted to go on to the top of Lurchers Crag about 45 minutes’ walk away.

Big empty space even with a large group magic!

Big empty space even with a large group magic!


Again you are away from the crowds and in the remoteness that is the Cairngorms. Soon we were back on the main ridge and enjoying the great views of the Larig Gru and neighbouring Peaks. We are now above the Cairngorm granite cliffs of Lurchers crag a winter playground and also a fine place to scramble on the many granite  ridges. It is also a testing place practice navigation and yet so easy access for all.

Lurchers Crag the lost Munros - good scrambling but watch out for loose rocks!

Lurchers Crag the lost Munros – good scrambling but watch out for loose rocks!

We again stopped many times and enjoyed incredible views seeing so many mountains but always being drawn to the huge Braeriach Plateau and it’s still huge remaining snow fields. The summit is  some viewpoint how many miss it and we all made it to the top and were in our own world for a while.  I felt so good how I miss the mountains and even though I prefer being on my own in the mountains it was great to have so many pals out for the day. I pray that the next operation sorts me out and I an enjoy these great places that mean so much to me. A few plans were hatched for future trips into Glen Feshie and into the Moine Moire or maybe Beinn Eighe and the Triple Buttress?


First real hill since December magic to be out with pals!

First real hill since December magic to be out with pals!

The trip ended with a slow walk back and all chattering and enjoying the great weather and Coffee and cakes in the Active Cafe in Aviemore. Then a slow drive home in lovely weather, great to be on the hills again but like me “it does not have to be big to be beautiful”.

Lochan Group

Missing Munros have a look at this any views ?

Hi Heavy


My good friend Andy Lawson sent me this:

Using the latest version of the Database of British Hills, I just did a comparison of the original 1891 Munro list with the current list.

There are 32 summits in the original Munro list which are no longer in the current list, so yes the list has changed a fair bit.

(His website www.mountainsofscotland.co.uk  is a great site with lots of useful information.)



Hill Height Grid Ref
Beinn a’Chroin East Top [Beinn a’Chroin] 940.1 NN 39399 18587
Beinn a’Chuirn 923 NN 35999 40916
Beinn Cheathaich 937 NN 44409 32653
Meall a’Churain 917.2 NN 46282 32474
Clach Leathad 1098.9 NN 24036 49311
Sgor Choinnich 929 NN 44363 68314
Sgairneach Mhor (old GR) 963 NN 59500 72748
Glas Mheall Mor 928 NN 68063 76948
Meall a’Chaorainn 916
Beinn Iutharn Bheag 953 NO 06524 79113
An Socach East Top 938 NO 09898 80571
Carn Bhac SW Top 920
Carn Bhinnein 917
Carn Eas 1089 NO 12257 99254
Creag an Leth-choin [Lurcher’s Crag] 1053 NH 96840 03331
Carn Ban Mor 1052 NN 89379 97194
A’Choinneach 1017 NJ 03209 04824
Meall Dubhag 998 NN 88041 95543
Creag an Dail Mhor 972 NO 13187 98208
Carn Cloich-mhuilinn 942 NN 96861 90677
Geal-charn 920 NH 88404 01405
Carn Ban [1891: Carn Mairg] 942 NH 63191 03170
Carn Ballach (SW Top) 919.8 NH 64355 04463
Stob Poite Coire Ardair East Top [Crom Leathad] 1050
Beinn a’Chaorainn South Top 1049 NN 38640 84505
Sgurr na Lapaich 1036 NH 15418 24380
Carn na Con Dhu 967 NH 07273 24178
Bidean an Eoin Deirg 1046.5 NH 10364 44313
Creag Dubh 947 NH 19973 35066
Slioch – Trig Point 980 NH 00502 68862
Sgurr Dearg – Cairn 978 NG 44388 21544
Beinn an Lochain 901 NN 21868 07962

Thanks Andy Lawson for the information!  Maybe do a trip to get them all done any favorites?


About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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6 Responses to Missing Munros ? Lurchers Crag – a hill at last !

  1. roxellamay says:

    Lovely piece! And the pictures are so beautiful too.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Rowena says:

    I was up Sgurr na Lapaich in Glen Affric at the weekend – one of the original and now demoted Munros. Have no idea why!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Peter Kay says:

    Good to see you back in the Throne Room of the mountain Gods hev’s.

    Liked by 1 person

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